Those who hate Mondays probably didn’t get to sleep in during the weekend because they went out partying or simply because they had lots of fun and suddenly they have to go back to the routine. Most people don’t like Mondays, but there are many ways you can make the first day of the week more pleasant. Whether you work, go to school or do both, having a positive attitude on Mondays can go a long way.
In this post, we’ll share with you tips that can help you overcome those “Monday blues” and take advantage of the day.
Try to rest during the weekend
We know it might be hard to find enough time to sleep during the weekends, especially if you have plans or you like going out partying, but you need to find the time to do something relaxing, like watching a movie or reading your favorite book. You also need to avoid thinking about work and all the things you need to get done.
Start the day doing something you love
If you hate Monday because it means you have to go back to work or school you can do something that you love on Monday morning and you wake up with more enthusiasm for the thrill of it. It will help you have a positive attitude to start the day off right. If you need to wake up earlier to make time for your favorite activity, it will be worth it!
Call someone you love
Can you think of a better way to start your day than with a nice conversation? If you live by yourself, you can call your best friend, your mom, or your significant other. It doesn’t really matter who it is, as long as they are willing to have a nice conversation with you.
Don’t schedule work meetings
It is better for you to avoid having work meetings on Monday because they can make you feel more stressed and anxious. If you don’t have any work meetings, you can work at your own pace and you’ll be able to get everything done without getting overwhelmed.
Start a challenge
Many people say that they will start their diet on Monday or that they will start exercising and most of the time they don’t, so don’t be like those people! You should take advantage of Monday because is the perfect day to start a new activity.
Sleep well, eat well
If you don’t sleep at least seven hours each day during the weekend or you sleep in more than nine hours, you are more likely to feel tired on Monday. You should also eat each meal at the same time every day and you need to remember that having a nutritious breakfast is extremely important.
Who said you can’t have fun during weekdays? You can take advantage of Monday evening and plan something like going to the movies or meeting up with friends, this way; you’ll feel like you have a 3-day weekend!
Avoid negative thoughts
You should avoid having negative thoughts, especially on Mondays, because you need to start the week with a positive mind. It’s okay if you don’t love your job, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole day thinking that you hate it; if you are grateful for all you have it will become easier for you to have a positive mind.
Socialize with your co-workers
Most of the time, your co-workers can easily relate to how you feel about your job and having a little chat with them can help you relax and make your Monday a little more entertaining. Having good workplace relationships is considered essential for your career.
Spending time with people we care about can help us improve our mood and even our health. Having something to look forward to, can help you get through the day. Whether it is a dinner date with your better half, or a having a drink with your best friend, it is the best way to end Monday night.
Eat something you like
Something as simple as having chocolate cake for breakfast can instantly make your Mondays better. Okay… it might not be the healthiest breakfast and we’re not saying you should do that every Monday, but eating something you really like can help improve your mood.
Get enough sleep
Experts say that we should get seven or eight hours of sleep at night in order to have a better mood and clearer thinking. We often get annoyed or forget things easily if we don’t get enough hours of sleep, so we highly recommend it to avoid getting stressed at work.
Take a break
To avoid stress it is also necessary to take short breaks because they help reduce mental fatigue. If you spend the whole day sitting in front of your desk, take a short break every hour walking around the office, stretching your legs. When you return to your workplace you will see that it’ll make you feel more relaxed.
Prepare for Monday
The last thing we want is to stress in the morning because we can’t find the pair of shoes we want to wear or because we can’t find the car keys. To avoid this, you can have your clothes, files and everything you need ready the night before.
A great way to start the day off right is by doing breathing exercises that can help you relax and relieve stress; they can also lower blood pressure and keep the mind and body functioning at their best. A really simple breathing exercise is to inhale for a count of four, then exhale for a count of four, all through the nose, in order to add natural resistance to the breath.
Listen to your favorite music
Studies have shown that listening to music while you’re working can release dopamine in your brain, making you happier and more focused. Dopamine can also help distract people from fatigue and pain.
Get up when your alarm goes off
It is better for you to wake up as soon as your alarm goes off, don’t wait those extra five minutes because this is the first promise to yourself. You want to start your week knowing you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
Listen to your favorite song while you shower
Something as simple as listening to your favorite music while you shower can brighten up your day. Singing and dancing can help reduce stress, and remember no one else is watching so you are free to do whatever you want!
Having a positive attitude can help you a lot; laughter helps us increase productivity and significantly improves our health. Studies by the International Society for Humor Studies show that people who laugh at work are less likely to get stressed and they are more productive.
Exercising can help prevent anxiety and it stimulates the production of endorphins which make you happier; 30 minutes of daily physical activity can be really helpful, especially if you exercise in the morning before going to work.